Posted by: deltadallas | May 7, 2010

This Isn’t Your Parent’s Job Market

We live in a different job market than the black and white world our parents and grandparents. It can get complicated, and sometimes jobseekers get stuck using overcrowded job boards, and ineffective tools that aren’t likely to get them the job that they want.

These days, jobseekers need to network, to develop their personal brand, and do their due diligence when they are looking for a job.You may feel as if you are on top of your game because you have researched every job board and posted your resume on each. You may spend 6 hours a day researching companies, making phone calls, and submitting resumes, but – you must learn how to search for work OFFLINE.

Many jobs today are found through networking. The more contacts that you have telling your story and keeping you in mind as they hear about opportunities….the higher your chance is that one of them may just come accross a job or a contact that could bring your search to an end! Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Join an alumni organization in your city, and connect with fellow alumni online.
  • Research the companies that you want to work for and either ask a recruiter to skill market you or find a contact in the organization that can connect you with the right people.
  • Wherever you are, wherever you go….NETWORK! In the gym, at the park,  at the grocery store, at church, etc.
  • Always keep cards with you that have your name, phone, and specialty on the card. (example: Jim Smith, Executive/Personal Assistant)
  • Keep your resume updated, and include any contract work, volunteer work, etc. that you have done while looking for a job.

Whatever you do, don’t give up. You and your future are worth the effort it takes to find a place to land.

Tabitha Woods is Marketing Coordinator for Delta Dallas. You can reach her at 972-788-2300 or twoods@deltadallas.com.

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